Point Reduction in Tennessee
If eligible, you may have a traffic ticket dismissed by completing a court-approved defensive driving class.
Successfully completing a defensive driving course generally means:
- The traffic ticket fine will be waived.
- No points will be assigned to your driving record.
You must notify the Tennessee court of your enrollment decision. Depending on the court, notification may be entered on the citation or via a separate application. There is no guarantee the court will honor your request. The presiding judge will weigh the nature of the violation, your driving record, and personal circumstances when determining your eligibility.
Even if you are not eligible to dismiss a traffic ticket with a defensive driving course, the knowledge you'll gain after completing a course voluntarily may greatly reduce your chances of committing traffic violations and causing car accidents in the future.
For more information about your enrollment options, curriculum details, and completion requirements, please visit our Defensive Driving in Tennessee page.
NOTE: This option is not available to commercial drivers.
The defensive driving program you choose must be approved by the Tennessee Department of Safety (DOS). You can typically choose between a traditional classroom program or an online defensive driving course. The total amount of time to complete each type of defensive driving course is usually the same, but taking an online defensive driving course allows you to complete the lessons and take the final exam at your own pace.
Depending on your TN county, defensive driving classes generally run from 4 to 8 hours. Your course will normally cover topics, such as:
- Defensive driving techniques and skills.
- Developing safe and responsible driving attitudes and behaviors.
- Tennessee traffic laws and violation penalties.
- Alcohol/drug-related traffic offenses.
- Sharing the road with other drivers.
Most courses will require you to pass a final exam before you can receive your course completion certificate.Other Topics in This Section